Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Kudos to Hope King!

This week my students turned in their pumpkin book reports from Hope King's Trick or Treat Pumpkin Book Reports.

They had two weeks to analyze the story elements presented in a specific picture book they chose for their book report. The students looked for the setting, main characters, problem, solution, story climax and wrote about their favorite part. At home, the students created "treat bags" that resembled the cover of the book they chose. On Monday my students came in with their arms full of pumpkins, treat bags and book reports! On Tuesday and Wednesday we started painting their pumpkins to look like the main character from their story! Here's a peek at their AMAZING creations!
This was an a wonderful pack and I could not have imagined a better way to incorporate literacy concepts during Halloween!

Question Words

I feel like a terrible blogger! This year has proven to be quite demanding of my time but I am LOVING every minute of it! We are piloting a new reading series entitled "Wonders" and one of the first main reading strategies presented was the ability to recognize, ask, and answer questions. To introduce the skills required to actively use the six question words, I created these posters with examples. We discussed each word, read the sentence and came up with our own ways to use these words. We eventually started using these question words to help us question as we read. We used the below graphic organizer to record our questions as we read! Click on the pictures below to grab your free copies! :)